India and New Zealand will face each other at Southampton for the World Test Championship (WTC) Final. The final chapter of the mega event of the ICC World Test Championship will begin tomorrow. The ups and downs since the last two years will finally be paid off. World Cricket will get their first-ever WTC winner.
The Virat Kohli-led side commenced group practice session at a ground behind the main venue on previous days. The team management had monitor the players in order to finalize the playing XI for the finale.
New Zealand are coming into the game on the back of a Test series win away to England. There must be some players from that side against India. They also have a good pool to choose the playing XI.
Inside Team India
After beating England in Home, India haven’t played any competitive test match. But the players are in well state due to the Indian Premier League. There is no injury news till now inside the team.
Rohit and Gill are likely to open for India. They are doing good together in the top. There will be lots of bouncers and short balls and they have to manage it wel. At no. 3 there must be Pujara. He is the new Mr. dependable. He has played county before. he can use his experience in this final match.
Next the skipper Virat Kohli has to come. He will be looking to deliver for the team right away. Rahane will be there after Kohli. There is a thoght whether to play Hanuma Bihari or not. He is currently playing in county cricket and has experince in this condition.
Rishabh Pant will be keeping wickets for India. Saha has recovers from COVID and may not be the first choice. also the batting for of Pant will put him ahead for the choice.
India will be looking to start with two quality spinners who can also bat well. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin will be the spinners. They will be taking care of the lower order batting also.
The three pacers India will likely choose are Bumrah, Shami, and Ishant Sharma. they are in good for. they have the variations and experience also. Siraj is also an option but it seems hard to see him in the playing eleven.
India probable playing 11 for WTC final: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma Jasprit Bumrah.
India vs New Zealand: WTC Final
Where: Rose Bowl Stadium, Southampton, England
When: From June 18, 3: 30pm IST
The pitch will be a competitive one. The curator Simon Lee has said that there will be something for everyone. There will be the pace, bounce in the pitch. The ball will carry well.
Inside Team New Zealand
The kiwis are in good form right now. After beating England just before the final has boosted up their confidence. They also had got a match practice too. There is a concern about the injury of Williamson. But he should be featuring in the team.
Tom Latham and Devon Conway may be the opening pair for the black caps. Latham is doing great in this two-year-long championship. Conway has emerged as an exciting test match player in recent days. He did pretty well against England also.
Kane Williamson will be at no. 3. There is a lot of expectation from this player. He has been in a good form throughout the championship. He is currently the no. 1 ICC Test Batsman.
The veteran batsman Ross Taylor will be at no. 4. He can handle the spin smartly as well. His experience will also help the team. Henry Nichols will be there too. He has a good average in this championship.
BJ Watling will be keeping wickets for the New Zealand side. He has to be busy and careful as they have a bunch of quality fast bowlers. Colin de GRandhomme will be the all-rounder on the team.
The key fast bowlers will be Boult, Southee, and Jamieson. They all are in good form and ready to attack. It will be interesting to see whether they are going to play Wagner or not. They can go with the spinner Ajaz Patel as well.
New Zealand probable playing 11 for WTC final: Devon Conway, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel.